The use of biofeedback in clinical virtual reality: The intrepid project

Claudia Repetto, Alessandra Gorini, Davide Algeri, Cinzia Vigna, Andrea Gaggioli, Giuseppe Riva

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Abstract

In our protocol for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorders we use Virtual reality (VR) to facilitate emotional regulation and the relaxation process. Using a biofeedback biomonitoring system (GSR, HR, Thermal) the patient is made aware of his or her reactions through the modification of some features of the VR environment in real time. Using mental exercises the patient learns to control these physiological parameters and using the feedback provided by the virtual environment is able to gauge his or her success. To test this concept, we planned a randomized controlled trial (NCT00602212), including three groups of 15 patients each (for a total of 45 patients): (1) the VR group, (2) the non-VR group, and (3) the waiting list (WL) group.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages128-132
Number of pages5
Volume144
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Biofeedback
  • Generalized anxiety disorders
  • Intrepid project
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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